SMILE! – The Pacific High School graduating class poses outside Harrigan Centennial Hall Saturday afternoon prior to their commencement ceremony. Because of COVID-19 concerns the ceremony was not open to the public. Pictured are Eric Alvarado,Chelsea Taylor, Madison Roy-Mercer, Lindsey Bartolaba, Melissa Gibson, Douglas Johnson, Korbin Tugmon, George Stevenson, Jayvan Iya-Kowchee and Elizabeth Newell. Sitka High School will hold its graduation ceremony Monday, May 24. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Lillian Marie Saldivar Dies; Former Sitkan was Age 66

Lillian Marie Saldivar

Lillian Marie Saldivar, a former Sitkan, passed away in Juneau on January 14, 2021.

She was born January 31, 1954, to Katherine Maberry and Henry Sam Sr. at Mt. Edgecumbe hospital in Sitka. Her Tlingit name was Aanawdu.oo, of the Sitka L’uknax.ádi (Coho) clan from Kayaashka Hít, the Mother Coho/Platform House, on Katlian Street. Her father’s people are of the Kaagwaantaan Clan from the Box House, also of Sitka.

Some family members gathered for a celebration of her life in Juneau on January 22, which was her mother’s birthday. Due to Covid-19, the family plans on a full celebration of life at a later date in Sitka.

Marie graduated with the Sitka High School Class of 1972. She was employed at the Sitka School District, Sitka Sound Seafoods, Big Blue Charters, and Seafood Producers Coop.

Marie and her first husband, Jim Thomas, married in Sitka in 1976 surrounded by family and friends. They raised their three daughters there, and were actively involved in their school, swimming, and softball activities.

Marie was a devoted mother, and she also rounded up the large family for meals, picnics, birthdays, and holidays.

Marie’s family dinners and cooking lessons will be dearly missed. She proudly shared her dinner and cookie recipes, and she enjoyed classic rock (especially her vinyl collection), playing pool and darts, and reading. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team fan. Her siblings will miss her pinches and advice, and everyone will miss her giggling and laughing while telling stories. Her laughter will never be forgotten – her dimpled smile will always be treasured.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Katherine and Henry; stepfather Herman Maberry; aunt Betty Garrity; husband Henry Saldivar; siblings Gilbert Sam Sr., Richard Sam, Carol Breece, Betty Jo Edenshaw; and niece Manda Johnson.

Marie is survived by her daughters Katie Thomas/Marty Dundas and their children Troy (of Sitka), Drew, Kyler, and Kristina Petrey (of Illinois); Kathy Thomas/Tim Eddy and their children Devin and Jade Kubik, and Bryson Eddy (Sitka); and Mary Thomas/Carl Cadiente and their daughter Addison (Wilsonville, Oregon).

She also is survived by siblings Cathy Lindoff (Hoonah); Lorrie Sommers (Fitchburg, Wisconsin) and her children Shane, Kevin and Stephanie; Troy Cantrell/Cat of Pineville, Louisiana; Tommy Maberry (Columbus, Nebraska) and his children Brandon/Monica, Josie and Justin Maberry; Sharon Kelly (Indianapolis); Stacy Maberry/Kathy; and Faleene Worrell/Bert of Longview, Texas, and their children Sharla Hayes/Richard III and their children Kyra, Richard IV, Aspen, Reilly, Rory, Lily, and Eli; and Eric Sele/Lolita Church and their son Kasen Sele.

Katie, Kathy, Mary, and family expressed appreciation for all prayers, thoughts, and support. The family may be contacted through Kathy Thomas, 2898 Sawmill Creek Road Apt. C, Sitka, AK 99835, or emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Many family members are sadly unable to attend services due to COVID-19.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-17-21)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 12:45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 50

Total statewide – 66,814

Total (cumulative) deaths – 358

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,542

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Friday.

Active cases in Sitka – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 372 (325 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 364

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Monday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,978 (71.64%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,612 (66.37%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,245 (84.24%) of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





May 2001

Sitka High boys track team ran to a 2nd-place finish in Juneau while the girls finished fourth. Sitka long-jumper Derek Hirai leapt 19’9.5” for the 2nd highest jump in the state this year. ... Others doing well were Thor Hartwig, Matt Mangini, Damien LaMar, Jeff Loiselle, Logan Wild, Elgin Hollins, Brian Friske, Brian Mork, Mike Bagley, Cody Campbell ....

May 1971

New Loyal Order of Moose officers, installed Saturday, are Earl Arnold, Grant Laiblin Jr., James Gardner, William Wakefield Jr., Eddielee Hodnett, Basil Riley, Lloyd Van Doren, James Firestone Sr. and Lynden Kincaid.